ef – a tale of melodies 04

ef - a tale of melodies

More colors in the OP this week. Honestly, I don’t really pay that much attention to it. It seems they’re actually expanding the scope of the show a bit to cover the old characters as well too.

The past, Himura and Yuuko:

The both of them go on a date to buy Yuuko new shoes. Himura wants to skip lunch but Yuuko persuades him to eat as well, showing her prowess at flirting with Himura (lol). Both of them enjoy the day until Yuuko decides to head for the church and they bump in to Akira and he warns Himura about “possessing his sister” in a very creepy, possessive sort of way. Is he infatuated with Yuuko? After he leaves the lovebirds alone, Yuuko reveals that Akira also lost his sister in the same disaster that claimed Akane.

Himura, on his way back, is “ambushed” by Nagi, who demands to know about his day with Yuuko, whom she knows thanks to Akira, in jealous, possesive sort of way. Himura sure is popular despite being a loner. Later that night, there is a longer flash back of when he bought Akane the red watch and how she was killed in the disaster when Himura flashes back on it. Yuuko is surprised by her brother too, and a look of loathing? maybe anger? crosses her face.

The present, Mizuki, Kuze, Nagi, Hiro and Miyako:

Kuze’s condition is worsening and he is slowly running out of time. He pays a visit next door, only to find out that Mizuki fell sick and he shares an intimate moment with her. “Artificial respiration” LOL. The next day comes, Kuze and Mizuki spend a day just lying outside in the sun under a tree, letting the day pass by them. Himura appears and in his usual fashion, dispenses his advice to Mizuki. Mizuki asks him to bless them in the way priests do and while denying he’s a priest, he does the gesture anyways but replaces it with “May the Force with you.” (LOL). Evening comes around and Kuze tells her to stay away from her.

On another Otowa, Hiro is having trouble with his deadlines so he asks his elder sister, Nagi, for help. Looks like both he and Miyako’s relationship are doing just fine.

Thoughts:

Eh, well, things are moving slower this time round I guess, but there is still substantial development in both timelines.

Akira is hinted to have an “unhealthy” relationship with Yuuko, and I really can’t imagine what he has done to her to give her that expression when all the while she has been very much cheery and smiling despite being in a hard position. I think it’s pretty much the first time we’ve seen Yuuko having a negative expression, really. Whatever is it, it must be pretty bad.

Nagi’s also… showing some similarities to Kei, particularly in her possessiveness towards Himura, which pretty much validates her interest in him. Adult Nagi makes an appearance in this week’s episode, and she does look a lot more mature now as well as having reaching a stature of fame. We’ve also solved the mystery of her relationship with Hiro, and it turns out she is Hiro’s elder sister, so that cleared another thing up for me. It seems she’s heading for Australia too, will she cross paths with Kuze and Mizuki?

It was also fun to see Miyako back to, even though it was pretty much a few scenes, including one that seems to give some form of resolution to her own feelings now that she’s going out with Hiro. I’d always thought their arc ended a bit too short.

On Kuze x Mizuki, well… it’s still like that I guess? Rather painful to see really.

6 Comments

  1. K_S_ Said,

    October 29, 2008 @ 1:44 am

    I think the amount of colour in the OP was the same as last week, though I think they “unshadowed” one silhouette of Kuze this time as well. The ED btw had more colours as well^^

    Since lately, I managed to install the first game (finally), I already knew about Nagi being Hiro’s sister. I wanted to mention it last week, but I kinda forgot -.-’
    (But I still don’t have the last tale T_T)

    Well, I think you should’ve mentioned that Kuze doesn’t want Mizuki to meet him anymore BECAUSE he loves her.

    And from spoilers of the last tale, I more or less know of what there is about Yuuko.

  2. Clear Said,

    October 29, 2008 @ 7:00 am

    gee, I was thinking that Mizuki x Kuze is just canon. But it looks like it is going well, not really.

    I’ll go home and watch it later…

  3. Clear Said,

    October 29, 2008 @ 1:06 pm

    k, just watched it. Miyako is a lot of more mature emotional right now. It’s no wonder the whole Hiro x Kei thing in the first series, siscon daiyo ne? j/k.

    As for Past arc, I wouldn’t count rape out of the possiblity, I’m serious here, this is not anything perverted ans shit, it’s just that. If you think about it, if Yuko got all those bullying and she considers it as mild. Something big must be overshadowing it.

    On a lighter note, something tells me something big is going to happen to Kuze sometime really, really soon. Since they are not moving their plot for this week.

  4. Avisch Said,

    November 1, 2008 @ 4:36 am

    Yeah. Yuuko is damn crazy in alot of ways. Infact this episode had a alot of crazy moments if you include Akira’s little talk and then Kuze’s laugh after he admits he’s scared of death (the visuals in that scene were Fscking amazing BTW)

    Shaft did well in slightly changing the ED this week (Mizuki is not with Kuze).

    I’m really happy we got focus to Miayko and Hiro this episode, their story was my favorite in ~tale of memories~.

  5. DKCesia Said,

    November 2, 2008 @ 12:10 pm

    hi! I am new here and I love the series, I just have a question, has anyone been keeping record of the words and numbers every now and then a scene changes?? I still don’t know what it is, but it seem like something might come out if you place them in order…

  6. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    November 2, 2008 @ 3:47 pm

    That’s been bugging me for a while too, and I had the same idea about it really. Not too motivated to list them down now though.

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